The Eagles signed Miller to their practice squad Saturday, Zach Rosenblatt of NJ.com reports. Miller, a 2016 third-round pick, transitioned from star quarterback at Ohio State to wide receiver in the NFL. He was released by the Texans during final cuts last week. Although he has not produced much at the NFL level, he will now get a chance to earn a role with the Eagles.
Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said the team is "working through some things" in response to a question about Miller being released. O'Brien addressed several topics after a slew of roster cuts came down Friday and made it sound like Miller could be back in the fold. "I don't know what's being instagrammed out there, tweeted out there, whatever - I'm not sure how that all works. But, we're still working through some things, Braxton's an improved player, no doubt about it and we'll see what happens." We were surprised that Houston let Miller go, as he's performed well in preseason games.
Miller was waived by the Texans on Friday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. Miller simply never panned out after the Texans used a 2016 third-round pick to gamble on the former Ohio State quarterback, with the intention of converting him to a receiver. Entering the 2018 campaign, the hope was that Miller would separate himself as a quality slot receiver, but Bruce Ellington was much more impressive in that capacity this preseason. While his time is now over in Houston, Miller still boasts elite athleticism and stands to have decent odds of being claimed off waivers by another team.
Miller started at wide receiver in place of the injured Will Fuller (hamstring) in Saturday's preseason loss to the Rams. Fuller came up lame late in the practice week and was scratched from the game. Miller was targeted a team-high five times, catching three for 26 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown. He was particularly impressive on the touchdown catch, grabbing a 50-50 ball in a crowd. "That was a nice play," coach Bill O'Brien told Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. "I think the guy on the outside might have run the wrong route and they both ended up in the same spot. Usually, we don't design routes where guys run to the same spot and jump in the air. But Braxton came down with it and it was a really nice play." Miller is mostly competing with Bruce Ellington for work in the slot, but the third-year pro was given some opportunities outside the numbers Saturday. He leads the team with nine catches and 94 yards during the preseason.
Miller secured three of five targets for 26 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' 21-20 preseason loss to the Rams on Saturday. Miller hauled in a seven-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Weeden just before halftime, adding to his successful preseason. The 25-year-old has totaled nine catches for 94 yards and Saturday's score over three exhibitions as he battles for a roster spot on the latter half of the receiver depth chart. The 2016 third-round pick appears to be trending in the right direction in that regard, although another productive effort in next Thursday's preseason finale versus the Cowboys certainly wouldn't hurt.
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